Federal Judge Roanne Mann and a three judge panel will be drawing Congressional districts after the two houses of the Legislature declared impasse in coming up with maps for the State's 27 districts.
Judge Mann will consider plans from both houses as well as citizen groups. She will issue her decision March 12, just a week before candidates have to begin circulating nominating petitions. I am not sure if the Legislature can suddenly agree on something...My suspicion is no. (Where's Liz when you need her ?)
Members of the political class and media wags will all have an opinion. I like the notion of communities of interest, but that's tougher to do in sparsely populated NNY. My opinion doesn't matter and I don't know what criteria the judge will use.
I could say I want the district most likely to elect my candidate....just as MCM could say he wants the district most likely to elect his candidate. Or we could take a principled stance and say we want what is most logical for the people.....Oh, there will be none of that.
All I know is all the plans I have seen have both Bill Owens and Matt Doheny living in them, so for me on my perch in Jefferson County USA, that will be the most likely choice. Whether I have to share a Member of Congress with Utica or Speculator doesn't matter much to me, but is sure does to those two candidates, although I am told either way it's race on.
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